I might become a Tablet PC evangelist again…

On Thursday night I was at HP seeing its top-secret stuff that it will bring out at CES.

Tonight I see this killer video of a Crayon Physics game. It’s not the only cool thing I have put on my link blog tonight.

Both things make me think I might get a Tablet PC again soon and become a Tablet PC fan again. It’s been a while.

Comments

  1. OMG. We gave our 14 year old son a tablet for his birthday yesterday because he’s been coveting mine since I bought it in February.

    This is a fantastic link. Thank you for posting the link to the video. Made my entire day and will make the boy’s day when he finally wakes up. (He was on his tablet til like 2am last night lol.)

  2. OMG. We gave our 14 year old son a tablet for his birthday yesterday because he’s been coveting mine since I bought it in February.

    This is a fantastic link. Thank you for posting the link to the video. Made my entire day and will make the boy’s day when he finally wakes up. (He was on his tablet til like 2am last night lol.)

  3. whoa! amazing software in that video! I myself am already on 4th Tablet PC notebook in my life – and remember Robert: genuine Tablet PC has digitizer pen with high resolution and several levels of pressure – the notebooks with touch-screen-only are not Tablet PC-s really…

  4. whoa! amazing software in that video! I myself am already on 4th Tablet PC notebook in my life – and remember Robert: genuine Tablet PC has digitizer pen with high resolution and several levels of pressure – the notebooks with touch-screen-only are not Tablet PC-s really…

  5. Demo is cool but not a reason to get a Tablet PC.
    There are soooo many other reasons to get a tablet but you’ll never know until you have one.
    Tablets are like TiVo’s. You never realize how cool they are until you use one.

    Bill

  6. Demo is cool but not a reason to get a Tablet PC.
    There are soooo many other reasons to get a tablet but you’ll never know until you have one.
    Tablets are like TiVo’s. You never realize how cool they are until you use one.

    Bill

  7. Robert,

    If you are like most parents, we just have to wait until the boys are driving you up the wall and ask again…

    Seriously, I’m anxious to hear what HP has been up to. Their 2710p is a great improvement in some ways, a step backward in others.

  8. Robert,

    If you are like most parents, we just have to wait until the boys are driving you up the wall and ask again…

    Seriously, I’m anxious to hear what HP has been up to. Their 2710p is a great improvement in some ways, a step backward in others.

  9. Tablets have gotten better in the Vista era, not that Microsoft has much noticed or marketed. The ‘scene’ (5 years later) be still the same cast of characters, reading from the same lame scripts, downloading the same gee-whiz ink demos, complaining/blogging/ranting about the same darned things. Granted, it has grown greatly from the first CES, but it’s still a game of dead-duck insider-baseball. And I know what HP (and many other OEMs) have up their sleeves, and on the whole it’s actually not that impressive (shrug), but I guess if you have been away from Tablets, and waltz back in to some “ArtRage-like demo”, things can seem killer, but reality is a differing thing.

    Activity on the niches, nothing really anywhere else.

    Besides, you weren’t so much as an ‘evangelist’ as a ‘blogging photo-op opportunist’, as it was Gates’ thing.

  10. Tablets have gotten better in the Vista era, not that Microsoft has much noticed or marketed. The ‘scene’ (5 years later) be still the same cast of characters, reading from the same lame scripts, downloading the same gee-whiz ink demos, complaining/blogging/ranting about the same darned things. Granted, it has grown greatly from the first CES, but it’s still a game of dead-duck insider-baseball. And I know what HP (and many other OEMs) have up their sleeves, and on the whole it’s actually not that impressive (shrug), but I guess if you have been away from Tablets, and waltz back in to some “ArtRage-like demo”, things can seem killer, but reality is a differing thing.

    Activity on the niches, nothing really anywhere else.

    Besides, you weren’t so much as an ‘evangelist’ as a ‘blogging photo-op opportunist’, as it was Gates’ thing.

  11. Dude, that app has been a TabletPC power toy for some time. What rock have you been living under? Sure they cleaned it up a bit, but it’s been around for a while.

  12. Dude, that app has been a TabletPC power toy for some time. What rock have you been living under? Sure they cleaned it up a bit, but it’s been around for a while.

  13. Can’t wait for the Dell xt tablet, but what a lame introduction, they should have used their WAND theme song and done something a little more exciting.

    Let me loose, I could make it exciting.

  14. Can’t wait for the Dell xt tablet, but what a lame introduction, they should have used their WAND theme song and done something a little more exciting.

    Let me loose, I could make it exciting.

  15. I played with Crayon Physics (the freebie “game in a week version”) and it is indeed a lot of fun! The Deluxe version shown in the video looks like it has more really cool stuff and I’m looking forward to trying that out as well.

    I still think Line Rider is the most-addictive little Tablet PC applet of this sort that I’ve come across. It’s actually way easier to successfully draw little jumps and loop-de-loops in that “game” with a pen than with your mouse. That gives people a real visceral demonstration of how the pen can be way more capable than a mouse when you use it for the right things.

    I’m a research scientist at Microsoft Research and my goal is to greatly advance innovation in the Tablet PC sofware space. You can see a video of our latest demonstration, known as InkSeine, by checking out our short InkSeine video on YouTube.

    It’s an ink-based note taking application with a tightly integrated search feature that lets you find information you need (from other files on your hard disk, or from the web) really fast – without dorking with the file system or thrashing between multiple application windows. We’re going to be making it available as a research prototype that people can download and play with fairly soon (1st quarter of ’08).

    It’s exciting to hear that HP might have a really cool announcement coming up in their tablet series… I know several academics who still use their old HP TC1100 tablets during their classes because there is just nothing else quite like it on the market.

    Ken

  16. I played with Crayon Physics (the freebie “game in a week version”) and it is indeed a lot of fun! The Deluxe version shown in the video looks like it has more really cool stuff and I’m looking forward to trying that out as well.

    I still think Line Rider is the most-addictive little Tablet PC applet of this sort that I’ve come across. It’s actually way easier to successfully draw little jumps and loop-de-loops in that “game” with a pen than with your mouse. That gives people a real visceral demonstration of how the pen can be way more capable than a mouse when you use it for the right things.

    I’m a research scientist at Microsoft Research and my goal is to greatly advance innovation in the Tablet PC sofware space. You can see a video of our latest demonstration, known as InkSeine, by checking out our short InkSeine video on YouTube.

    It’s an ink-based note taking application with a tightly integrated search feature that lets you find information you need (from other files on your hard disk, or from the web) really fast – without dorking with the file system or thrashing between multiple application windows. We’re going to be making it available as a research prototype that people can download and play with fairly soon (1st quarter of ’08).

    It’s exciting to hear that HP might have a really cool announcement coming up in their tablet series… I know several academics who still use their old HP TC1100 tablets during their classes because there is just nothing else quite like it on the market.

    Ken

  17. The TC1100′s were a wonder and a joy, figures that HP killed them, unmerciful at that, but convertibles held the greater demand, so economically you can’t really blame HP, even though you can mean-face sneer in their general direction. Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition (gawd, always a garbled mouthful) wasn’t exactly mature in the TC1100 era, and the TC only hooked consumers and educators, Motion getting Health Care. HP went corporate, and that was that, TC was dead.

    What rock have you been living under?

    His RSS feeds, Facebook, iPhone, Mac Book Pro (when it works), and Kindle rocks. ;)

    But as a final zap, why is everything in the Tablet space, always warmed-over apps, and hacked-up ink-things left out of Office/Vista/PDF, or eternal never-making-to-market “research prototypes?” ISVs sure never found much bite in things Tablets.

    I wonder if Rob Lowe still uses his Tablet…

  18. The TC1100′s were a wonder and a joy, figures that HP killed them, unmerciful at that, but convertibles held the greater demand, so economically you can’t really blame HP, even though you can mean-face sneer in their general direction. Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition (gawd, always a garbled mouthful) wasn’t exactly mature in the TC1100 era, and the TC only hooked consumers and educators, Motion getting Health Care. HP went corporate, and that was that, TC was dead.

    What rock have you been living under?

    His RSS feeds, Facebook, iPhone, Mac Book Pro (when it works), and Kindle rocks. ;)

    But as a final zap, why is everything in the Tablet space, always warmed-over apps, and hacked-up ink-things left out of Office/Vista/PDF, or eternal never-making-to-market “research prototypes?” ISVs sure never found much bite in things Tablets.

    I wonder if Rob Lowe still uses his Tablet…

  19. >What rock have I been living under?

    Sorry if I ignored the Tablet PC market there for a while.

    I read more than 5,000 blogs every evening (on 730+ RSS feeds) and have at least one industry conversation every day (videos at scobleshow.com) and Tablet PC just rarely comes up.

    But I still follow a few blogs and when something interesting gets posted I repost it.

  20. >What rock have I been living under?

    Sorry if I ignored the Tablet PC market there for a while.

    I read more than 5,000 blogs every evening (on 730+ RSS feeds) and have at least one industry conversation every day (videos at scobleshow.com) and Tablet PC just rarely comes up.

    But I still follow a few blogs and when something interesting gets posted I repost it.

  21. Robert, unsolicited recommendation, ArtRage – it is great. It surpasses Corel (and all Photoshop clone interfaces) by a big margin. This mean it is a usable tool on a tablet, changes the platform, not just for art but education. There are innovations in the latest versions (check the ruler + stencils) that will become the norm, is there anything like it? AndyRage is that your work? Fantastic.

    I have recently done a 1000 sketches project & used every tool, ArtRage impresses.

  22. Robert, unsolicited recommendation, ArtRage – it is great. It surpasses Corel (and all Photoshop clone interfaces) by a big margin. This mean it is a usable tool on a tablet, changes the platform, not just for art but education. There are innovations in the latest versions (check the ruler + stencils) that will become the norm, is there anything like it? AndyRage is that your work? Fantastic.

    I have recently done a 1000 sketches project & used every tool, ArtRage impresses.